Fragile stickers are a type of adhesive label designed specifically to identify items that must be handled with care. These stickers are placed on packages used for shipping delicate items and inform the carrier that the item being shipped is prone to breaking and must be managed carefully. There are different types of fragile stickers to convey different handling instructions, such as this side up, do not stack, handle with care, top load only, etc.
Fragile stickers should be placed such that they are readily visible but do not obstruct other important stickers like the shipping label. You may place these on all the sides of your package, which will ensure your courier partner does not miss noticing it. Additionally, the courier partner you choose may have certain requirements or suggestions to ship your fragile item safely, and it may be a good idea to check with them.
Given their nature, fragile items demand extra packaging care and effort. Air bubble cushioning is a good choice to wrap your fragile item in. When there are several fragile items, it is recommended to wrap each individually and not as a bundle. Fragile items should be packed in new, unused boxes as used boxes are usually not too strong and sturdy. Refrain from using poly mailers.
When packing the fragile item in a sturdy, unused box, care should be taken to ensure no voids/empty spaces allow room for the item to move around when in transit. These gaps may be filled using air cushions, and sufficient cushioning should be provided between the item and the walls of the box. When packed, the box should be taped properly and may even be placed inside another sturdy box for better protection. You may test the quality of packing by moving the box around to check if the item inside moves or stays put. Appropriate labels and stickers, such as shipping labels, fragile stickers, etc., should be strategically placed on the well-sealed box.
Different courier service providers have different policies around shipping fragile items. Some may charge extra for these while others may not. The extra charges can also vary across companies and may depend on factors such as shipping speed, destination, fragile item type, weight, and so on. You may find more accurate information on the websites of companies like USPS, UPS, and FedEx.